Welcome once again to on Education Update, the latest collection of education articles and ideas from a variety of online sources. This week’s instalment includes articles about student motivation, arts integration, learning strategies, tolerance, combatting plagiarism and teaching academic language. There is also some good reading that examines how schools can create greater transparency and connectivity through the use of social media and by giving students a genuine voice.
Also this week, a look at what schools might be like in the not-so-distant future and a very interesting story on schools in which the teaching staff, rather than bureaucrats, are responsible for running things. I mean, it’s a no-brainer that teachers would actually have a better idea how to run a school than those currently charged with these responsibilities, but it is still surprising to see that this is actually happening. Needless to say, it seems such an approach is proving successful.
Also check out a great series of videos that address the worst ‘writing crimes’ and how to fix them.
What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?
Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education….read more
7 Ways To Transform Education By 2030
It’s a simple question: what will high school look like in 2030? The reality is that we don’t know. There isn’t a plan. Up until now there has been a tacit belief that education systems will evolve to meet the needs of the future. But, what if our current modus operandi can’t evolve quickly enough? What if it doesn’t evolve at all?…read more
Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn
Anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works. Parents and educators are pretty good at imparting the first kind of knowledge. We’re comfortable talking about concrete information: names, dates, numbers, facts. But the guidance we offer on the act of learning itself—the “metacognitive” aspects of learning—is more hit-or-miss….read more
Strategies for Teaching Academic Language
Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields….read more
Recently, there has been an increase in interest amongst educators and policy makers about the notion of student engagement and student empowerment as well as the most effective ways that schools might leverage such factors in order to improve student outcomes. ….read more
A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration
Arts integration has been shown by several rigorous studies to increase student engagement and achievement among youth from both low and high socioeconomic backgrounds….read more
A series of videos featuring the worst writing crimes and how to fix them….watch here
Online Tools to Help Combat Plagiarism
All students complain when they need to write an essay. Some will fail to deliver it, and others will deliver what educators hate the most; a plagiarised paper. You can never be sure whether or not a student has worked on an assignment all by him- or herself, but at least you can be sure that the content is unique….read more
How Transparency Can Transform School Culture
To meet the challenges of teaching in an increasingly connected world, school leaders, educators and community members could benefit from building a culture of transparency and connectivity, creating a culture of sharing around the successes and struggles of teaching and learning….read more
Give the Kid a Pencil
I recently taught a university course in Seattle for graduate students seeking master’s degrees in teaching. In one lesson, our focus was on creating a psychologically safe learning environment for students. It was an issue of managing students and supplies. I posed a question: If a student shows up to class without a pencil, how should the teacher respond?….read more
What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like
Most public schools are traditionally run by principals and administrators, who defer to policies dictated by the state. But a group of schools is subverting the top-down system, putting teachers in full control of running their schools….read more